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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

This masterpiece may be the most famous of all comedies. It revolves wittily around the most ingenious case of “manufactured” mistaken identity ever put into a play. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest follows Jack, a country bachelor who goes by the name Ernest when he pops into the city; and his friend Algernon, who seeks a thrill by becoming Ernest in the country. Jack proposes to Gwendolen Fairfax while Algernon, posing as Jack’s wicked brother Ernest, falls in love with Jack’s ward, Cecily. Oscar Wilde was a master of social farce, and aristocratic Victorian men often provided fodder for works like The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance of Being Earnest ran October 14-16, 27, 29, 2011 in the MainStage Theater

Director: Heidi Winters Vogel
Stage Manager: Jamie Lynn Hiner
Assistant Stage Manager: Kelsey Kendrick
Sound Design: Dylan A. Bomgardner
Cast Photographs: Justin Roth


Lane/Merriman – Justin Rittenhouse
Algernon Moncrieff – Gabriel Brunk
Jack Worthing – Michael Bodner
Lady Augusta Bracknell – Thomas P. Joyner
Gwendolen Fairfax – Elizabeth Gannaway
Cecily Cardew – Julia J. King
Miss Prism – Heidi Long
Rev. Canon Chasuble – Eric King
Servant – Hattie Berg